GSFA ARP — Overview

Program Overview

Grant Advanced Rebate Payment (ARP)

Bridge Financing for Energy Storage Technology

The Self-Generation Incentive Program – Equity Resiliency Budget (SGIP-ERB) under the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) provides incentives to cover the cost of equipment and installation of energy storage technologies to customers in California who live in Tier II or Tier III High Fire Threat Districts (HFTD) or have had two or more Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events and require electricity for medical, health and safety.

Though these incentives are generous, it can be financially challenging for Homeowners to pay for services and equipment between the time of installation and program reimbursement.

The GSFA ARP Program can help eliminate this issue by providing up-front funding to the Developer on behalf of the homeowner, which in turn will allow for broader consumer and developer participation in the SGIP-ERB Program.

How to Apply for ARP as a Developer

Our Developer Guide provides resources for Developers interested in participating in the Program, program guidelines, forms and steps for submitting projects for review and approval.

How to Apply if You are a Property Owner

To find out if you are eligible for financial assistance with services and equipment related to energy storage, contact a GSFA ARP Developer. They will determine your eligiblity, thoroughly evaluate your home, let you know which energy storage equipment would best serve your needs and help with the program application.

Bridge Financing for Developers

GSFA Up-front Funding for Developers Accessing the SGIP-ERB Incentive Program
Incentives for Energy Storage Systems

Battery storage is a way to optimize energy by storing power for use at a later time. The SGIP-ERB California focuses on installation of energy storage technologies to service communities most impacted by Public Safety Power Shut-off (PSPS) events and/or located in Tier II or Tier III high fire threat districts, providing rebates to cover most, if not all, of the costs of energy storage systems.

Program Highlights(1)

  • Energy storage incentives to ratepayers of investor owned utilities in California
  • Eligible property owners can obtain rebates to cover most, if not all, of the cost of an energy storage system
  • Bridge financing through GSFA eases burden of up-front funding for Developers
Eligibility Guidelines

Property owners must meet various criteria in order to be eligible for energy storage incentives through the GSFA ARP Program. The program is intended to ensure lower-income, medically vulnerable, as well as those in communities at-risk for fire are at the front of the line to receive competitive incentives for battery storage.

The SGIP Program targets:

  • Tier II and Tier III High Fire Districts
  • Customers experiencing multiple PSPS
  • Disadvantaged and low-income customers
  • Medically vulnerable households
  • Customers who rely on electric wells
How Does the Funding Distribution to the Developer Work?

GSFA will distribute funds to the Developer in two installments:

  • The first before project implementation to help the Developer with the procurement of equipment and other related items
  • The second after the project is complete and meets GSFA requirements in the GSFA ARP - Agreement

The funding for the GSFA ARP bridge financing program is made available through a combination of GSFA's capital along with recycled funds from a 2009 GSFA ARRA grant award by the Department of Energy, which is administered through the California Energy Commission.

ARP Funding By the Numbers

Total ARP Funds Committed as of 04/09/2024


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